Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of May 12.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||5.7||1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||9.0|
|2||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||5.7||2||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|3||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||5.4||3||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||6.0|
|4||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||4.7||4||De La Rosa, Rubby 3342||pi sp||ari nl||5.7|
|5||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||4.7||5||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||5.0|
|6||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||4.4||6||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||5.0|
|7||Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||kc al||4.4||7||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||5.0|
|8||Kennedy, Ian 2723||pi sp||kc al||4.0||8||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||4.7|
|9||Santiago, Hector 3109||pi sp||ana al||3.7||9||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||pit nl||4.0|
|10||Latos, Mat 2644||pi sp||chi al||3.7||10||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||4.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||6.7||1||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf dh ph||nym nl||4.5|
|2||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||5.5||2||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||4.5|
|3||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||5.0||3||Conforto, Michael 3622||lf||nym nl||4.0|
|4||Cano, Robinson 2092||2b||sea al||4.5||4||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||3.5|
|5||Martinez, Victor 1695||dh 1b ph||det al||3.5||5||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||3.5|
|6||Castellanos, Nick 3349||3b||det al||3.0||6||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||3.5|
|7||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||3.0||7||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||3.0|
|8||Park, Byung Ho 3616||dh||min al||3.0||8||Markakis, Nick 2116||rf||atl nl||3.0|
|9||Souza, Steven Jr. 3461||rf||tb al||2.7||9||Hill, Aaron 2056||3b 2b||mil nl||3.0|
|10||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||2.5||10||Holliday, Matt 1836||1b dh lf||stl nl||3.0|
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw rises to the lead in this week’s Box-Toppers player rankings report, passing the leader for the last three weeks, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of May 12:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||9.0|
|2||Machado, Manny 3087||3b ss||bal al||6.7|
|3||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||6.0|
|5||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||5.7|
|6||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||5.7|
|7||De La Rosa, Rubby 3342||pi sp||ari nl||5.7|
|8||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||5.5|
|9||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||5.4|
|10||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||5.0|
Kershaw is also among the new leaders in three of the four main Box-Toppers categories—Kershaw is the new leader among National League pitchers, Chris Sale of the White Sox is the new leader among American League pitchers and Manny Machado of the Orioles is the new leader among AL batters.
Kershaw leads all players with 9.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 3.0 points in the past week. Previous leader Arrieta picked up no points in the past week and has 6.0 points, falling to second among NL pitchers and third among all players.
American League batting leader—Machado has 6.7 Box-Toppers points, earning 2.5 in the past week, and passes last week’s leader, Jose Altuve of the Astros, who has 5.0 points and falls to third among AL batters. Machado ranks second in Box-Toppers points among all players.
American League pitching leader—Sale has 5.7 Box-Toppers points, earning 1.7 in the past week, moving ahead of last week’s leader, Jose Quintana of the White Sox (5.7). Though both players have the same Box-Toppers point total, Sale wins on a tiebreaker because he had more points in 2015—18.8 vs. 6. Sale ranks fifth in Box-Toppers points among all players.
National League batting leader—Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets maintains his lead among NL batters with 4.5 Box-Toppers points, picking up no additional points in the past week. Cespedes ranks 17th among all players in Box-Toppers points.
So far this season, 324 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 84 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points.
About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.